Quarantine Crafts: DIY face mask

Quarantine Crafts: DIY face mask

A small step to protect yourself and others.

Disclaimer: Research shows that homemade cloth masks don’t work as well as surgical masks, but using them are still better than having no protection. 


With the drastic increase of new COVID-19 cases in the country, the growth of demand for basic necessities have increased as well. The items that are usually out of stock at stores are rubbing alcohol and face masks. 

As a substitute for alcohol, you can always wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap. For face masks, you can make your own! Leave the masks for others who are in need or donate them to frontliners. If you’re healthy and staying at home, there’s no need for you to have a professional-grade mask. 

According to recent studies, you can get infected by the virus if you’re near someone who is coughing, sneezing, or even speaking. However, experts say that wearing a simple homemade mask can 100% prevent the spread of potentially infected microdroplets. This is important especially if you’re not showing any symptoms. 

Together with social distancing, staying at home, and washing your hands, a DIY mask is your top gear for your battle against COVID-19. You can start making your homemade face mask from old clothes. Make sure that the fabric is thick enough, you check by looking if you can see through the fabric or not. 


Here’s how to make your own face mask: 


  • Outer fabric: 25cm x 19cm
  • Inner fabric: 19cm x 14cm
  • Needle and thread
  • Two pieces of very long ribbon, string or band, approx. 24 inches each (you can cut it afterward if it’s too long)
  • pins 


Important Note: Not all types of fabric can be used to make a mask. 100% cotton with a high thread count is recommended. 



1.Fold the top of the inner fabrics about 0.5 inches and sew both folds.

2.Place the inner fabric right sides together on the outer fabric. Place the other inner fabric at the bottom. Both should have their raw edges placed outwards. Pin the raw edges with the outer fabric and sew.

3.Open the fabric flaps. Turn the fabrics over and fold once again, then iron.

4.Pinch the fabric inwards to add two folds. Pin the folds and iron. Sew the sides of the inner fabric.


5.Before folding the flaps of the outer fabric, place your strings on both ends. Pin down the folds and sew them. Tip: If you think the holes of your strings are too big, you can sew the holes to secure your string. 

Now you have a face mask! Place the side of the face mask with the pocket filter towards your face. You can put tissues in there to serve as a filter. Wrap around the top strings to your head loosely, tie the bottom string to the back of your head tightly so that the mask is snug. 


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